7 May 1896, Volume 16, Number 19.
THE FAITHFUL WORD. TIT. 1:9.
All things change, the passing breezes
Whisper in an undertake,
Kissing now the sunny Southland,
Touching then the frozen zone.
All things change, declares the snowflake,
As its robe of spotless white
Softly fades before the sunshine,
Passing quickly from our sight.
All things change, the dewdrop teaches.
As it glistens in the sun,
And its crystal glories fading,
As its transient work is done.
All things change, the river murmurs,
As it greets the mighty sea,
Last amid these boundless waters, —
Emblem of eternity.
All things change, the shower teaches,
As its shadows pass away,
And the earth is tinged with beauty
By the golden orb of day.
All things change, respond she sunbeams,
As they linger in the West,
Speaking to the toiling pilgrim
Of a calm eternal rest.
All things change — nay, Lord, thy promise
Magnified above thy name,
Anchor to the trusting pilgrim,
Stands unchanged fore’er the same.
C..s may pass and breezes perish.
Sunbeams sink, and fait the dew:
O’er the wreck of ruined nature
Stands thy Word forever true.
Oh dear Lord, what peace and comfort
Hath our trusting spirits blessed!
Past the wreck of worlds and ages,
On thy Word our souls shall rest.
R. M. Haynes.
AND he gave some apostles; and some prophets; and some evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers. Eph. 4:11.
By looking back over the work of the last few years of the ministry it seems to me that some congregations of the saints, have been neglected, to a great extern; and the chief lack, you will find has been the want of a shepherd. In the scripture above, it speaks of pastors and evangelists. The offices of these are to a great extent, distinct one from the other; and I do not believe that God ever intended the evangelistic services of the church to be substituted for the pastoral work of the church.
Now the Scripture says: “He gave some pastors.” Why there are not more ordained pastors to day than are now manifest, I cannot exactly say; but it seems to me like the evangelists have sailed out like “Samson’s foxes,” scattering the holy fire everywhere, keeping the front line of the army on a full doublequick step, pressing the work, and moving the lines with a high and mighty arm, shouting the battlecry with accents of victory, and as it were, planting the banner of holiness upon the very battlements of the enemy. But at the same time, this staunch conquest movement has forgotten, almost, one important division of the movement, and that is the rear guard. Not enough attention has been given to a rear protection, and as a result the enemy has flanked this grand movement, and dropped in at the heels of the evangelists, captivating the spoils of the territory which the evangelists have secured, except perhaps in some instances; where if sufficient care had been taken of those that were converted, there would not have been so many backsliders as there are to day. So many congregations now almost gone to naught, possibly would have been a strong little church in the faith at present, instead of two-thirds being back in the world.
Brethren, it is a grand thing to take care of what is already captured. It does not pay to have a great revival, and then let the wolves make a raid upon them. It is true that we would have no right to appoint a novice over the church (1 Tim. 3:6); but if we should go away we should come back very soon, or stay with them until they are well established in the faith. We read of Paul preaching in one place two whole years (Acts 28:30, 31). People coming out of sectism or Babylon in these days, are not so ignorant of the gospel, as were the Jews and Gentiles in Paul’s time. Therefore it does not take them so ong to become established in the doctrine, since it is now all in the canon, collected together in one book and circulated almost everywhere, so that all can be in possession of a Bible. And it is generally the case that at every meeting, among the number that have decided to stand for the truth, there are some that have left Babylon; and there are a great many of these that lave some knowledge of God’s word.
Brethren, we must do our duty on this line. Surely God wants his church to run in accordance with his word. Now let us look in the Word and see just what it says about this. In Titus 1:5-9, we read there that Paul left Titus at Crete “to set in order the things that are lacking, and ordain elders in every city.” The elders spoken of here that he was to ordain, were local elders, or pastors, and their duty was to feed the flock (1 Pet. 5:1-4). There is nothing said about the supremacy of the elders, as it is down in Babylon, but they are to feed the flock, taking the oversight, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind. The next verse very plainly shows that their oversight, in verse 2, did not mean reigning over the flock as Babylonians do to day. It reads as follows: “Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but examples to the flock.”
It takes a good character to be an elder or bishop, which are the same. 1 Tim. 3:1-8. Paul tells us in verse 1, that it is a good work. And as he pictured out the character, we would think he wants a good man to fill the office. He must be blameless, the husband of one wife, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach, not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre, but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; one that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity.
A very straight character indeed, will it take to fulfill the place of a pastor. And I would say to all who read this if God has not shown you clearly, your respective duty, live a life so if God would call you as an elder you would be in a condition to receive the office. Brethren, surely there must be a move on this line. Too many congregations have been left open to exposure, with bad results. I know of one congregation where three-fourths of them in three months were back into the world. And one of their excuses was that they had no one to go ahead and help with the meetings; as they were most all young folks, and knew very little of the Word. It was a better excuse than most backsliders have. I feel our responsibility more and more upon this line; and I would like to hear through the Trumpet from some of the older ministers now in the work. I do not want to impose anything upon the children of God that is not scripture; but as this is a Bible doctrine, it should not be neglected. I feel my unworthiness in leading out upon this, but trust God will get all the glory, and that it will edify us. According to Acts 20:28 the elders are to take HEED to the flock, over which the Holy Ghost has made them overseers. So let us take heed, and endeavor to defend the little flock from the invading wolf, false doctrines, and divisions, and see that they are well established in the faith and well advanced in the kingdom of grace. Young converts are more liable to falter by the way than old ones, and while they are in the infancy of their experience great care should be taken to strengthen them and help them along, that they may become as strong men in God’s royal vineyard. Amen.
The Evening Light.
Can we claim to be in the evening light and yet measurably fail to come up to the full standard?
Ans. The brother asking the question seems to be laboring under a misunderstanding. He thinks the whole of the gospel dispensation is the evening light, and therefore fails to see the distinct periods of light and darkness of this eventful age. Comparing it with the other dispensations, the scriptures call it the LAST TIME. 1 John 2:18. Jude 18. and the LAST DAYS. Isa. 2:2. Mic. 4:1. Acts 2:17. Heb. 1:2. But as a distinct period of time it has its dispensational individuality, and by the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of the prophets, is called “that day.” A few references will be suggestive to a careful search through the scriptures, to prove this fact beyond doubt. Isa. 10:20, 27; 11:10; 12:1, 4. Zech. 13:1. John 14:20.
Therefore we can scripturally affirm that this gospel dispensation is a day. The early dawn of this day was heralded by John Baptist as he went forth by the Holy Ghost, preaching “repentance” and “prepare ye the way of the Lord.” Later the “Sun of righteousness” arose who declared by word and deed, that, “I am the light of the world.” He was anointed with the Holy Ghost and with power, and shone forth with the radiance of heaven, into the darkness and gloom of sin.
After gathering together his disciples and teaching them the blessed precepts of truth, he said to them, “Ye are the light of the world.” This was indeed the true position of his followers. A city set upon a hill to be seen of men. The apostle testifies of the church as shining, as lights in the midst of a crooked and preverse nation. On the day of Pentecost when the followers of Christ were anointed with the Holy Ghost the light beamed forth with even greater brilliancy than in the days of Jesus of Nazareth. God was in them a reproof to sin, righteousness and judgment; diseases and devils were dispelled through faith in the name of the Prince of life, and great grace abounded. Still a half century later the aged disciple testified that “the darkness is past and the true light now shineth.”
All historians agree in saying that this light continued for nearly three hundred years. But long before the end of this bright period there was noticeable in the distant horizon a mystery of darkness casting a dimness over the earth, which with ever-increasing intensity as the centuries passed, wrapped the world into midnight gloom. This lamentable condition continued for more than one thousand years, which is a well established fact recognized by every historian. But we will not dwell in this dismal period. The light, though obscured by the awful darkness, kept shining as the sun behind the thick cloud, and we can see in the fourteenth century the penetrating rays pierce the dark gloom, from which time there has been a gradual increase of light. The church gradually emerges from the traditions of ecclesiastical darkness and rising higher and higher toward the summit of apostolic faith and glory.
We can truthfully proclaim to the world that the evening light now shines. This dispensation day has not been one of perpetual sunshine; but by the prophet the Holy Ghost has said, “At evening time it shall be light.” All the redeemed of the Lord who have escaped the darkness and confusion of ecclesiastical bondage behold the evening light with songs and high praises. The Spirit is separating his people unto Christ who himself is ALL AND IN ALL, in whom we stand complete. The glorious truth has made free those who have met the full conditions. While we may not yet be able to claim the apostolic faith in quantity, we do not hesitate to claim the quality.
The secret of primitive power is revealed, and as we keep sinking deeper and deeper into the graces of humility and simplicity, the power and authority of apostolic days increases. All the rubbish of human building is being ignored and the glorious church knows no foundation but the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone. Let us shout the praises of God, for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of his people Jesus will soon be here for his holy bride, and we may hasten the day of his coming by earnestly contending for the faith once delivered unto the saints. The light must shine brighter still, and thank God it is on the increase and we need not hesitate to testify that we are in the evening light.
J. W. Byers.
THIS subject has been impressed upon our mind for a long time, but for various reasons we have been shirking from writing; but as the Lord leads we will follow, leaving the results with him. We are glad our God changes not, but is the same yesterday, to day and forever; and as he in former times did lead and direct in regard to marriage, so he will to day if he is fully trusted.
Paul in writing on the subject of marriage, said: Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife. For the time is short; it remaineth that both they that have wives be as though they had none. But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord. But he that is married careth for the things of the world how he may please his wife; or how she may please her husband. 1 Cor. 7.
We know the Lord does not order anything that will HINDER, or bring REPROACH upon the gospel work. If more work can be accomplished, and he get more glory by his children getting married, he will direct in a way (if they are humble) that they will know it, or can find out without conforming to the world by spending so much time in courting and seeking each other’s company, thereby causing many remarks by the world. All should be careful (and especially God’s ministers) to know his will on this line, as so much is at stake; not only their own souls, but the souls they were called to rescue (if out of God’s order) may be lost. The time to learn his will is before they are too much in love to discern the Lord’s voice from their own will, and if you have impressions that do not correspond with your feelings, think they are of the devil because you do not know that the Lord hears your prayer. Be sure YOU KNOW the Lord says marry, before you lay it to his charge, saying, “The Lord led.”
Oh may we all be careful that we bring no reproach or burden upon ourselves, or the church, and say the Lord ordered it! God will care for those whom he has called, also their families; but his will should be FULLY KNOWN before taking the care of a family after being called to preach the Word, that the work be not hindered, and that God be glorified in all things. In many places the saints have not spiritual discernment enough to know whether the preacher is where God can use him or not, and if they have not the fellowship with him or her they would have with one who is clear before God, they will put the blame on themselves, then the devil, always ready to take advantage of the weak will accuse and press down, until they know not what to do, so will often compromise with the devil and try to fellowship any kind of spirit that claims to be saved, thereby losing salvation.
May the Lord give to all his saints, not only to his ministers, but to every child of his, much humbleness and wisdom; and may each have discernment to know what is of God and what is not, and discern between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not; and ever be filled with the Spirit of Jesus, is our prayer.
Dear Saints: About three months ago the Lord wonderfully saved and sanctified me wholly, and healed me entirely of catarrh of the head. Praise the Lord! I am still being kept by his saving grace and power daily free from sin, and contending for the faith that was once delivered to the saints. Bro. Bennett on his way to camp meeting is now with us. Praise the Lord for it! We are trusting God to send Bro. and Sister Bolds, Bro. Carter, or some other dear saints soon. We are in need of help. Several souls have been saved, sanctified, and healed. Praise God for the beautiful evening light! Pray for us. I remain yours in the one body,
Dear Saints in Christ: I feel like testifying through the Trumpet that the blood of Christ cleanseth me from all sin, and I am kept daily by his mighty power. I have been gloiously healed by the power of God at different times. Praise his name! About the last of February I was taken suddenly with a hoarseness in the evening, which grew worse so that I could not lie down. My heart was affected too, and I could scarcely get my breath, being obliged to sit up. I was all alone; no saints nearer than fifteen or twenty miles, but I called on the Lord and he heard me. Praise his name! I was just reconciled to go or stay, as he willed. After I committed my way unto the Lord and prayed, I fell asleep and when I awoke I was much better. In the morning I was able to eat my breakfast with the rest of the family. I got well without medicine. Your sister in Christ,
THURSDAY. MAY 7, 1896
LIST OF MONEY LETTERS NOT OTHERWISE RECEIPTED
Nancy Taylor, R. B. Wren, R. H. Owens, Della Gardner, Emil Kreutz. James Edwards, Anna Mark, Thos. Nelson, Mrs. Lucinda McFall, Hannah Oldacre, Mrs. Millie George.
We have received letters from persons in Europe who say they expect to start in a few days for America, for the purpose of attending the June camp meeting at Grand Junction. The sick and afflicted from various parts of the United States are writing for prayers at that time, many of whom expect to come to be healed. Brethren, let us come together in the name of the Lord with the “faith once delivered to the saints.”
We have recently sent out several thousand Trumpets free to post-offices where it has not heretofore found its way, having asked the blessings of God upon them, and now we are receiving letters from people who happened to get hold of one, who are praising God for the truth and light, and are rejoicing to know how the Lord is leading his people. And many sick are encouraged to take the Lord as their physician. We will have to delay sending out more papers until means are provided to purchase the necessary paper, and pay postage.
A man about thirty years of age by the name of R. E. Evers from Texas, and Mo. is now going throughout Mich., Ind,, and other states as a tramp, filled with pratings against the saints of God, sponging his living trying to preach where he can get a chance. We pray God to deliver him from the deceptive spirit which he is under and enable him to get the Spirit of Christ.
Also a colored preacher by the name of A. R. Bell, who has been working division wherever he goes and devoid the Spirit of God has been imposing upon the brethren at various places in Ohio, Pa., and W. Va. for the past few months. We have faithfully labored with these men, so have other brethren in the ministry. To give them place to preach in your assembly is to open a door for division and strife.
Grand Junction, Van Buren Co., Mich., June 10-19. Reduced rates have been secured throughout Mich. and over the lines of the central passenger association in Ohio, Indiana and parts of Illinois, same as was secured last year, one and one- third fare for round trip, taking certificate from ticket agent where ticket is bought. It has been suggested that the brethren everywhere spend a day or part of a day in fasting and prayer for the benefit and success of this camp meeting. The time suggested is Sunday, May 31. Let every child of God offer a fervent effectual prayer in behalf of the same, that the cause of Christ may be advanced, souls delivered from bondage, the sick healed, and the servants of the Lord be better equipped for working in the Master’s vineyard.
THE CHILDREN’S HOME.
Bro. Michels who had charge of the Home last winter felt led to move to South Haven, where he is building a home for the aged and infirm among God’s children. Some of the other workers who were left in the Home got under the spirit of error but have since been made to realize the delusion they were under and renounce it and other workers have taken their place in the Home. The work is moving on in the name of the Lord. Bro. J. L. Pike has charge of the Home until camp meeting or until the Lord raises up some one to take his place. Bro. Merica has charge of the school. The workers are preparing the grounds and getting ready for C. M. as fast as possible. There will be quite an expense to make arrangements and provide for the crowds of people who will attend the meeting. The supply of wheat and flour, there as well as here, is exhausted and brethren should not forget to lend a helping hand in bearing the burdens of preparing for the coming meeting and for the Home.
Requests For Prayer.
Rebecca Mecham, Kenesaw. May 10. Afflicted for six or eight years. Suffering intensely.
Pray for my father who has been afflicted for some years with spinal affection, heart trouble, and rupture. Mrs. W. S. Brown, Maloney.
Pray that my husband be healed and his sins be forgiven, and pray that I may gain strength, as I am almost worn out taking care of him. Your sister in Christ, Martha McKinley, Borden.
Pray for the healing of my son, W. E. Odom, whose mind has been injured, caused from sickness many years ago. Also pray for me that I may be wholly sanctified. L. E. Odom, Boyce.
Pray May 10, for my mother who is suffering with cancer; for my brother who is unconverted, and that I may receive perfect eyesight and have perfect deliverance from the evil one. R. Bert Tamplin.
Pray that we may be sanctified wholly, and that our dear boy’s eyes may be healed; they were cut with window glass when he was three years old, and he has been blind in his right eye since that time, and there is something growing over his left eye. Pray also for our neighbor’s little boy, who is deaf. Wm. Christ, Treynor.
Calls For Meeting.
There is a good opening here for some one sent of God to preach the pure Word. Geo. and M. E. Houser, Hoxie, Sheridan Co., Kan.
We would like to have Bro. Rupert to stop with us on his way to Grand Junction, if no longer than over Lord’s day. Or if any of the other brethren come this way, we desire them to stop with us. John Guyer, Weston, Ohio.
I feel that it would be to God’s glory for a company of true holiness workers to come here and hold a meeting. If they could come with a tabernacle it would be best. Mrs. Mamie W. Joiner, West Point, Clay Co., Miss.
A camp meeting is wanted some time in September, at Phillipsburg, Kan. S. M. Handy.
The Clifton C. M. will be held on the camp ground two miles north-east of Thayer, Mo., Lord willing, from July 17- 26, or as long as the Lord wills. B. F. Chase, Thayer, Mo.
There will be an assembly meeting held in the saints’ chapel, four miles south-west of Tekonsha on the M. C. R. R. Air Line Division; commencing Thursday, evening May 28, to which all are cordially invited. C. H. Eldridge.
The Lord willing there will be a tabernacle meeting beginning May 15, on the farm of J. C. Dunfee, one mile south of Raber, Whitney Co., Ind. Raber is situated on the New York Chicago & St. Louis R. R. Everybody invited. J. C. Dunfee.
There will be a camp meeting, the Lord willing, at New Zion Post office, Leake Co , Miss. July 24 to Aug. 2. A grand move for God in the camp of the saints is expected. Everybody invited. All gospel workers are wanted, that can come, and we want the preachers of the South to be sure and come. R. H. Owens.
The McLallen Corners, Erie Co., Pa, camp meeting will be held June 19-30. The camp ground is centrally located among the four towns of Cambridge, Edinboro, Mill Village and Waterford, between four and six miles apart. Let there be a general turnout of the saints of the living God; and as many as can, bring tents and bedding, and those that cannot will be looked after. And let as many ministers and workers put in their appearance as can, that the gifts of God in these last days will be demonstrated in the opening of the eyes of the blind and healing of the sick. All coming via Cambridge or Mill Village, Erie Line R. R. can notify E. St. Johns or John Sanders. Via Waterford Pennsylvania R. R. notify Henry Babbitt, McLallen Corners, Erie Co., Pa. J. A. Dillon and Co.
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Dear Ones: The Lord has led us to write a book on the subject of Tobacco, the title of which is, “Tobacco; its Effects on the Entire System, Physically, Mentally and Spiritually.” The book will contain twenty-one chapters, showing how tobacco was first introduced, and giving a brief history down to the present time. It treats it as a poison and gives its effects on the teeth, voice, heart, lungs, senses, nerves, intellect, brain, and the whole system. Shows how it produces disease, leads to drunkenness and immorality, and corrupts the soul; its effects on others; its slavery and the way out; one chapter especially on cigarette smoking. The book will be a thorough and complete treatise of the subject, and will appear before many months. Lord willing.
We now desire a few testimonies from those who have been delivered from the habit, telling how long you were a user; in what way; what were its effects; how you were delivered, and what is the result. Let the testimonies be inspired of God, as brief as possible, and plainly written, giving full name and address. We especially invite physicians and medical men to contribute to this work. Address me at Grand Junction, Mich.
W. J. Henry.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.
Please explain through Trumpet, 1 Tim. 3:7.
Ans. 1 Tim. 3:7 is giving the qualifications of an elder and means that the life of such a person should be unblameable and unreproveable in the sight of those who are not of the church as well as of those who are in it, because if their lives are not pure and holy and fully in line with the word of God it will prove a snare to their souls and a reproach upon the cause of Christ.
Will you please explain the following scriptures: 1 Jno. 1:8. Rom. 3:10.
W. W. B.
1 Jno. 1:8 reads as follows: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” This verse is often misquoted as follows: “He that saith he liveth and sinneth not, is a liar and the truth is not in him.” Such a quotation is not found in the Bible. But the true quotation standing alone seems to furnish wicked men a great club to fight holiness with; but when studied in connection with the context, is easily interpreted in harmony with the doctrine of holiness. In verse 3, John says, ‘That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” These words show that John was writing unto those who had not yet attained unto the experience he had reached; namely, sanctification; otherwise they would have had fellowship with him.
Again, in verse 4 he says, “And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.” Here is shown very clearly what class of people John is addressing. “Your joy,” implies they had some joy. that is, were converted. “May be full,” implies that their joy was not full; that is, they were not sanctified.
So it is very evident, that the first chapter of the first epistle of John, is addressed to those who have only received the first work of grace. And in this state, though freed from actual sins, in regeneration, we are still in possession of inherited sin, and “if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
But mark, the apostle die not fail to show the brethren, that when they had attained unto perfect salvation, they would be free from all sin, the following words: “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, (be sanctified wholly), we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleansetn us from all sin.” Verse 7.
Rom. 3:10 says, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” This text is also referred to, as evidence against the doctrine or holiness, by those who “understand neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.” It is a part of a quotation from the fourteenth and fifty- third Psalms, which, as Paul himself shows, apply to those who lived under the law. Verse 19. Under the law men could not receive grace to live sinless lives. See Gal. 3:22. Rom. 6:14.
Paul uses the above quotation from the Psalms, to convince the Jews at Rome, that outside of Christ, they were sinners, and must like Gentiles be saved by the blood of Christ, as will be seen in his words in the first verse of the chapter, “What advantage then hath the Jew?” etc.
What is meant by the Savior’s words, “If thy right hand offend thee, cut it off,” and “if thy right eve offend thee, pluck it out.” — Mat. 5:29 30.
W. L. M.
Ans. The Lord here refers to the literal hand and eye, because he each time calls it “one of thy members.” But he did not mean that men should ever under any circumstances sever the hand or pluck out the eye, because they never will become a hindrance to our salvation. When men do and see things that do not tend to the glory of God, it is owing to an evil principle in the heart, which only the grace of God can remove. Jesus simply meant to teach that we must be so fully given up to our heavenly Father’s will that if it were required, we would part with an eye, or a hand rather than give up our hope of immortal glory. Elsewhere he teaches that we must be consecrated even to the forsaking of our lives. Luke 14:26.
Wm. G. S.
[We once knew of a man who was enduring religion instead of having an experience of salvation, whose eyes seemed to behold things displeasing to God and bring him into trouble, so he plucked out one of his eyes, but soon found the trouble was in his heart, and he was then sorry that his eye was gone. Had the trouble been in his eye then it would have been all right. So it is with many people who are bothered with their tongue always getting them into trouble. Instead of cutting their tongue out they need an operation of the grace of God upon the heart and all will be well. — Ed.]
We find in 2 Tim. 4:1, 2, that we are commanded to preach the Word, be instant in season, out of season; also in Heb. 4:12, that it is sharper than any two-edged sword; and in Mat. 18:18, that whatever is bound on earth shall be bound in heaven.
I am so glad that the dear Lord has opened my eyes to see the beauty in the word of God, and that it is all we need to live by in this world; and it is perfect and does not need anything added to it or anything taken away from it. Rev. 22:18. Praise the Lord for the Word! In 2 Cor. 6:14-18 it says we should not be unequally yoked with unbelievers, and we should not have any fellowship with the unrighteous. I am glad that we do not have to be yoked up with any one in the sects nor out of them; for when a woman will not obey the word of God it breaks the fellowship with them and the saints of God, and makes a line so distinct that even the world knows who are right and who are wrong. When people live by every word of God (Mat. 4:4) it is not to join church and then go along as the world, but it makes a distinct line between saints and sinners. May God help us to do our whole duty so we can stand clear in the judgment, for we are taught that we are to be judged by the Word. Jno. 12:48. Search the scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life, and they are they which testify of me. Jno. 5:39. Yours in the one body,
J. A. Welborn.
Watch unto prayer. “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” — Eph. 6:18.
Do all that pray realize how much is contained in this one verse alone? Simply praying is not enough, it must be in the Spirit, meaning from the depths of our heart the words we utter, for words without Spirit are like faith without works; they are dead formality.
And watching unto prayer with all perseverance is another command. We must watch, for the enemy is ever alert to divert our minds or cause us to become careless about our praying after we have found the real worth of prayer. How many dear souls after coming back to God, can trace the trouble to a neglect of watching unto prayer with perseverance.
Supplication for all saints. It is not only a duty to pray for ourselves but also for others. When the enemy tries to come in between the children of God, the best way to put him to flight is to take them to the Lord, and pray earnestly that they be not overcome. For beautiful examples in prayer, read Phil. 1:4. 1 Tim. 2:1. Col. 4:12. “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual restore such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself lest thou also be tempted. We should have the same care one for another, intercede as earnestly to the throne of grace for others as for ourselves.
Watch unto good works. “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered, to the saints and do minister; and we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end.” — Heb. 6:10, 11.
“Then shall the king say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was a hungered, and ye gave me meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in: naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me.” — Mat. 25:34-36.
The Savior here gives us some items of how we can work for him; for he says, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto me.” One may ask who is his brother. “He that doeth the will of my Father, the same is my mother, my sister, and brother.”
And to those on his left he said, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these ye did it not unto me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into life etetnal.” — Verses 45, 46.
Now as we have already seen in Heb. he desired that every one show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end, the Lord does not cease caring for us, nor can we cease caring for his, but continue unto the end of time. Watch unto humility. As there is a cry all along the line for humility, and it is what we need, my soul is stirred to warn
every one against the devil’s counterfeit. It is an imaginary humility generally accompanied with or followed after, by the spirit of emulation. It imagines to be very strong in the Lord, and boasts how God has used us or can use us; professes deeper experience than he has. Try the spirit by the word. “Let no man think of himself more highly than he ought to think.” Again, “he that thinketh he standeth, take heed lest he fall.” God’s precious word gives us warning of the cunning craftiness of Satan, and tells us to watch and pray lest we enter into temptation.
Now in the name of Jesus let us take heed to instructions whether through dear lessons from the Lord, or through his word, for indeed one is the experience of the other. Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go; keep her; she is thy life. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Prov. 4:13, 23, 26.
The Lord will come. Take ye heed, watch and pray, for ye know not when the time is. Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. Mark 13:33, 36, 37,
“HE that is filthy let him be filthy still.” — Rev. 22:11. It is the writer’s only design to set forth, in a plain common sense way, the evil of tobacco, that the professor, and especially some of the constant Trumpet readers with whom we are personally acquainted can see the need of a real cleansing in the blood of Jesus, with this fact in view, that its subtile poison is undermining the whole nervous system, destroying the soul, and is the filth of the filthiest, and vile of the vilest, with the whole word of God against it and its votaries.
Many diseases of the brain and nerves are produced by the habitual use of nervous stimulations, such as tea, coffee, tobacco, etc. It is a general physiological law, that all artificial stimulation is followed by reaction and debility. Coffee causes dizziness, headache, etc., while tea causes great irritability of the nerves of the heart, violent palpitation, etc., where used habitually and in considerable quantities they derange digestion and cause a great amount of nervous weakness and general debility. Mothers, with these physiological facts in view, do hot allow your children to sit and sup down a cup full of these poisonous stimulants. We believe the time is at hand when that nauseating odor from the old coffee pot will no longer perfume the saint’s kitchen.
Of all habits, that of using tobacco is perhaps the most bewitching and fascinating to its votaries. We are not guessing at these things neither do we speak at random; for until God had cleansed our system of the poisonous nicotine which is the principle of the tobacco plant, we were in bondage to that subtile poison; but thank God, he extracted the bane, and cleansed our blood. When we came to consider its disgusting odor, its nauseous and disagreeable taste, and its relaxing and debilitating effects, it is a wonder how any human being can become addicted to its use. And we cannot account for the fact, that while in other respects, great attention has been devoted to the improvement of public health and with the most gratifying results in regard to cleanliness, diet, ventilation, intoxicating beverages, etc., yet the use of tobacco, owing perhaps to its more attractive and fascinating effects, is on the increase, and threatens more than any thing else, to undermine the health and destroy the soul.
There is a poison within its deadly coil when distilled at a temperature above that of boiling water, that one or two drops of which will kill a dog or cat within five minutes. Its active principle called nicotine, is far more destructive animal life than arsenic. When used habitually in small quantities, like opium, it acts as a powerful sedative and calms and sooths irritability of the brain and nervous system, and when used in larger quantities it acts as a debilitating emetic; and still larger quantities, as a virulent poison. A small piece of the dried leaf of tobacco when swallowed will produce vomiting followed by the most alarming weakness and prostration of the nervous and vital forces. A few grains of the dark oily matter (easily obtained) from any old pipe that has served as a faithful comforter (?) placed on the end of a dog’s tongue, is the almost immediate destruction of its life.
Now, if these statements are facts, how is it so many can use tobacco habitually, without destroying life almost instantly? in answer to this inquiry, it may be said only a small quantity at a time is taken into the system, and under the law of toleration we are enabled to increase the amount or dose of opium from one grain to a single drachm, and gradually incease the amount of whiskey from a spoonful to a gallon per day without causing great intoxication; and finally to begin with a small quantity of tobacco and gradually increase it day by day, until at last we become accomplished chewers and can chew a plug a day.
But again, the habitual use of tobacco is not only ruinous to health and happiness but is a filthy and demoralizing practice, gradually impairing our self-respect and rendering us careless of our personal appearance even in our social intercourse with the world around us, much less in the sight of God who hath said, “What! know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost?” — 1 Cor. 6:19. Again, “If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy.” — 3:17.
“Well,” says the professor, “I do not esteem it a filthy habit.” Ah! Let us look at both sides of the question and see. When young chewers and smokers become a little older they become more demoralized, and when they call upon refined and educated society to exhibit their culture and manliness (?) they spit great mouthfuls of filthy saliva upon the carpet or floor; then to cap the climax you will see them rub it in with their feet. Again, see how economical the young man is in the consummation of his comforter (?) when dinner is to be served. You may notice him dislodge the old quid from his mouth and deposit it in the pocket of his vest or some other place not very conspicious, until after dinner; then how quickly he redeposits the savory morsel (?) in his mouth again. Many neat housewives provide spittoons for their dear loving husbands to deposit their mouthfuls of saliva in instead of on the carpet or in the front of the stove. Now, did any chewer ever have the opportunity of cleaning the front of the stove and enhaling the miserable stench that is exhumed from the pit of ashes? Or ever examine a well filled spittoon, one of the appendages of fine fast young men of this country, filled with huge quids floating in their appropriate element? Can any man fancy any thing more appropriately- termed filth, of filthiness; and vile of vilest? Who, pray tell us, has the care of emptying and cleaning these dirty vessels of dishonor? Think one moment! Laying upon the dear one you promised, yea, and affirmed by oath to love, this burden, when you can describe her admiration for the job by her lamentable groanings. Daughters, wives, mothers, is this not true?
Dear ones, I am sorry I ever was guilty of this; but do confess I have seen my dear wife get a stick and upset that dirty, filthy spittoon with her face turned in the opposite direction and I could not stay at a distance and see turned out upon the ground what I had deposited there out of my mouth. “If there be any virtue, and if there be any praise [in this] think on these things.” — Phil. 4:8.
But some will assert that they chew or smoke by the advice of a doctor for the benefit of their health. Poor ignorant souls! They are to be pitied. Medicine never was designed to prevent people from getting sick who disobeyed the laws of health. If it were true that the use of tobacco is useful or beneficial in any respect, then all men should be ashamed of their own sex, in view of the inhuman treatment of women. How mean and selfish to chew and smoke all the tobacco and not share with wife and daughter! How contemptuously you act when wife reproves you for lying in bed and chewing, spitting on the wall in making the attempt to spit on the floor behind the bed! Again, if an attempt were made to greet wife, how she would draw back, seeing the mouth smeared over with identically the same as emptied from the spittoon which for you to look upon would serve as a good emetic.
Again, says another, You people condemn that which God made and “called good.” No; we only point out that which God condemns by his holy word. God did make the plant, true, and “called it good;” so do we. The worm thrives on it; see how fat and plump he grows; you never saw a poor weakly one. So it must be good for the worm and not man. Yet man sought an invention; he took the “good plant,” that God made, mixed it with copperas, licorice, sugar, nails, rags, hair, leather, wood, straw, feathers, and many other things not good for man and then called it tobacco. Don’t you think God condemns such a mixture? Do you think God made what man calls tobacco?
Not long ago I asked a U. B. minister what he thought about tobacco if he had considered it filthy. To this he answered, Yes, and said you could throw a plug of tobacco out in the barn-yard and the hogs would not eat it; the dogs would not eat it; and the chickens would not pick it. How true! Yet the poor man said, “When God shows me it is wrong to use it I will quit it.” God showed him it was not only tobacco that was between God and him, but his many sins, and since has quit professing and preaching. All pray for him that he may be saved and used to God’s glory.
News from the Field.
Albany, Neb., Apr. 29.
Dearly Beloved Saints of God: We have been in the gospel work almost continually this winter. The work is opened up in a number of different places in this country. Our work has been mostly in new places. A few souls have been saved; others acknowledge the truth but have not moved out as yet. In one place where God’s word was going forth and the evils of sectism being uncovered it caused a great howling among the shepherds (of Babylon) while God’s people got their eyes open to a great extent. Brethren, pray for us that we may with all boldness hold forth the faithful Word in all its purity. Any one desiring dur labors, address us at Albany, Sheridan Co., Neb. Yours in the one body saved and separated for the defence of the gospel,
J. A. Wilber,
Chas. Hatch and Wife.
Grand Junction, Mich., May 5.
Dear Saints: God bless, keep, and use you all. Amen. We are glad to report victory in the name of Jesus. Praise God forever! We have just returned to this place from the Eastern states where we have spent over one year in the Master’s service, rescuing precious souls. God is raising up a people in the East, alter his own heart. There are many calls for the gospel, and the work all over the East is now gloriously opening up. There is great need of more laborers in that great field. We expect to have three tents in the field there this summer and we are calling for help.
We are at this place at present. The work of God is moving on and increasing in spite of all opposition. Bless God forever! We leave here to morrow for Albany, Ill., where we will remain a few days and then return to this place. Will remain in these parts until after the June camp meeting, then go wherever the Lord leads. May God have his own way. Amen. Yours in Christ,
W. J. Henry and Co.
Mc Lallen Corners, Pa., May 1.
Dearly Beloved Saints: Since our last report from Lincolnville which place we left in company with Bro. and Sister Taylor, we came to McLallen Cor’s, our home; held one week‘s meeting, which resulted in much good. We next went to Blystone where we only remained three evenings, leaving Bro. and Sister Taylor to carry on the meeting. We left for Cochran’s Mills, where after a little over one week’s labor, we moved to Apollo, where there are a few of God’s little ones standing on the Word. Two souls were saved. We leave the little church in the hands of God. We made our return up the A. V. R. R. Leave my wife and her sister to visit their parents. Started off alone to Hawthorn; remained five days. We preached two funerals. As the result of the meeting, five found pardon of sins, two others consecrated for sanctification. Baptized ten. Bro. Yates of Starburg, ordained elder, by laying on of hands. Yours in defence of the gospel,
J. A. Dillon and Co.
Kintz, Okla., April 27.
Dear Saints of God: I will try to report through the Trumpet once more. We left home Mar. 9, to answer a call in Harper Co., Kan. Held a few services two miles west of Harper, then went three miles west and met with the saints there a few evenings. Then went to Harper where the Lord opened the old school building for us to meet in, where we continued about three weeks There were three saved; five reclaimed and four sanctified. Five were baptized and about thirty-four happy saints washed each other’s feet and partook of the sacred supper; and the Lord poured out his Spirit upon us. Praise his name!
There were several clear eases of healing. One dear sister that the Lord had saved before we got there who had been afflicted for about six years and could not be healed by her husband (who is one of the best doctors in the town), presented her body before the Lord and was healed. The doctor got mad and would not let her come to meeting any more, nor let her be baptized, and was going to have the school house closed against the saints; but the Lord had his way about the house and did not permit it to be shut. Praise his name! Then we left there and went west to Attica; met with the saints there a few evenings, where the Lord blest in presenting his word and healing the afflicted. Then the Lord sent us home Saturday, April 25.
Now dear brethren, the Lord has furnished the money for the tabernacle and we have ordered the goods which will be here this week. We expect to be ready to commence meeting here in the tabernacle about the 20th of May. Any of the saints that want tabernacle meetings in southern Kan. or the Strip, please write me at Kintz, Okla, soon as possible, so we can arrange for meetings beforehand We remain as ever your brother and sister saved and kept,
Chas. and Nancy J. Bright.
The Healing Faith.
Some may ask, What is meant by the healing faith? It means to have enough faith in God to believe for the healing of the body. It means to believe that part of the Word true wherein God has promised to heal the sick. It is the same kind of faith as it required for the salvation of the soul. People may have a healing faith and yet not necessarily have the gift of healing as a special gift insomuch that they go about fulfilling the office of an elder. To have the healing faith is to have the faith once delivered to the saints, and it is the privilege of every one to have this, and those who do not have it are living on a plane below their privileges.
With many it is an easy thing to believe what some earthly friend tells them, and place such confidence in their word as to have no doubt regarding the fulfillment of any promise made, and at the same time when it comes to taking God at his word they go about it with much hesitancy and great fear and trembling, just as though God was unable to do that which he has promised. When we look about and see what little confidence is placed in the Lord, can we wonder at the words spoken by him when he spoke of his coming again and asked whether or not there would be faith found on the earth? No wonder he said to the people at one time, “O ye of little faith.” These words were even spoken to his disciples, “Why are ye fearful.”
There are those who are afraid to step out on the promises of God, not because they believe he is unable to do what they would desire him to do, and oftimes not because they believe he is unwilling to do it, but yet they hesitate in stepping out with boldness upon his promises Why should this be? He says that he is more willing to give to them that ask than parents are to their children, and if we ask bread he will not give a stone; but he gives us so many illustrations in his word, to strengthen our confidence in him, to confirm his word, that we may not be afraid to trust him. This faith is not something that is beyond the reach of humanity, not beyond the grasp of any who are willing to put forth the proper effort to get it. It comes from above, it is God-given, and with all his williness to give, why need we be without it? People are sick and afflicted all around us on every hand. They need this wonderful blessing from the hand of the Lord, they need this faith which is intended for his saints. Then why not have it?
Dear Saints of God: I feel it a duty as well as a privilege to testify for the glory of Cod. I can say that the Lord has healed me in such a way that I never can doubt his healing power. He only knows what I have suffered in the last year. I knew that the Lord was able to heal me, but it seemed that my faith was too weak to accept the promises. But the dear Lord was with me and sent a dear sister, and two or three others and we were all agreed and prayed for my healing; and the Lord answered our prayers and I was healed instantly. Praise the Lord! I give him all the glory, and I know that he is able to do all that he has promised. He has healed me of neuralgia at different times. He is my physician. Now I wish the prayers of all the saints that my faith may be increased. I am getting very feeble; am fifty-nine years old. Pray that I may be healed of kidney trouble of long standing. Yours in Christ,
“And Jesus said unto the centurian, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.” — Mat. 8:13.
A Consecrated <
AND HOW TO USE IT.
(Continued from Apr. 17.)
To Whom Shall We Give?
- GIVE TO THE POOR.
- GIVE TO WIDOWS AND ORPHANS.
- GIVE TO SAINTS.
- GIVE TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL.
NOTE. — The above sections under the topic “To whom shall we give?” were treated in the Trumpet of Apr. 17.
- GIVE TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY.
Surely there can be no offence if one whom God has not called to the ministry handles this subject as the Lord leads; and if it is dealt out in plain English the writer cannot be accused of begging for his own pocket I confess that I have been one of those who have in the past trembled to hear the Word bearing on this matter taught. But it was only because I knew that God’s true messengers were many times listened to more attentively and their teachings more readily accepted on account of the very fact that there were no collections and no begging, both of which are so conspicuous in nearly all other meetings. I believe it has been well that the saints have been thus timid in asking for help. We are taught to “avoid the appearance of evil,” and the Word also makes it plain that one to be a true minister of God must be “not greedy of filthy lucre.” — 1 Tim. 3:3. 1 Pet. 5:2.
But this is no excuse for failing to teach the whole truth on all the other lines of Christian giving. Nor will God any longer excuse those who, after the church has been established in any one place long enough for the world to see that God’s children are not beggars, hesitate to show the little ones their duties in this direction, if need be, — not to fill the preacher’s own pocket but to lift up the Bible standard and to take away the cause of leanness in so many professed saints. The Bible is very plain on this as on almost all other lines, as we shall find if we are led by the Spirit and walk in what light we already have. Let us see.
Paul was a preacher who “spoke the word with all boldness,” and yet on this subject he everywhere manifests that timidity which I have mentioned. But read 1 Cor. 9 and see how plainly he marks out the path of duty. What can be plainer than the eleventh and fourteenth verses? —
“If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things? * * * Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.”
And now if you would see where the Lord ordained this, in Mat. 10:9, 10, where he was sending forth the twelve he says, “Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, nor scrip for your journey, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.” And in Luke 10:1-7 inclusive, he repeats these same instructions in sending out the seventy, saying in the seventh verse, “for the laborer is worthy of his hire.”
In 1 Tim. 5:17-19 Paul’s instructions to Timothy are of the same purport as those in 1 Cor. 9. In Rom. 15:25-27 he commends the Macedonians and Achaians for making a contribution to the poor saints at Jerusalem, saying in verse 27, “It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.”
This reasoning is plain. These saved Gentiles in Macedonia and Achaia having had the gospel of salvation brought to them by teachers from among the Jews, were thereby obligated to the race, and especially to these poor saints at Jerusalem whom they probably had never even seen. Is it presuming too much then to say that the same obligation unquestionably rests upon us to support those chosen, commissioned, and sent of God to bring us the truth?
Again, — “Let him that is taught in the Word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.” — Gal. 6:6. At first sight this scripture does not seem to be on the subject at all. I know it has hitherto been somewhat of a puzzle to me and that my former understanding of it has been entirely erroneous. Praise the Lord for a little knowledge of Greek and the spirit of investigation! The Greek word from which “communicate” is translated is in English letters KOINONEITO. It means to be a partaker, have a share of, take part in; and when followed by the dative case as here, it means to divide or share one’s property with, or to another. And in this particular case it is made strong by the use of the imperative mode, making it a COMMAND. So you see we who are taught in the Word are commanded to divide with, or provide for, those who are our teachers.
If we would still further inquire into the principles governing Paul’s preaching and practice on this line, we find —
- He did not covet any man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. — Acts. 20:33.
- He did not speak in respect of want. Phil. 4:11.
- He did desire fruit to their own account. Phil. 4:17.
- He commended those who gave as they should. Phil. 4:10-19.
- He considered it a mark of inferiority upon any church that did not supply the needs of the preacher. 2 Cor. 10:7-9.
- He labored with his own hands rather than be a burden. Acts 20:34, 35. 1 Thess. 2:4-9. 2 Thess. 3:8, 9.
- He asked the forgiveness, of those whom he had wronged in not requiring them to support him. 2 Cor. 12:13-19.
- His guiding motto in all things was, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, THAT THEY MAY BE 1 Cor. 10 31-33.
Now dear children of God, the truth stands simple and direct. It is our only guide. We shall have to meet it — we that are laymen as well as the preachers. There is no need of comments or opinions from man’s wisdom. But will you suffer me to close with a few terse observations?
- The preacher’s enforced timidity in teaching on the line of Christian giving doesnot relieve us of one iota of the responsibility and necessity resting upon us to support the gospel.
- It is our duty to find out the preacher’s needs rather than his to beg.
- Sending God’s chosen messengers money to pay their carfare to our place is not providing for their needs or paying the preacher.
- Feeding the minister and family on chicken, cake, and canned fruit is not supporting the gospel.
- Their bodies are susceptible to cold and dampness as well as ours and need as much protection by warm clothing.
- It is a parent’s duty to provide for, and to a certain extent, educate his children. God won’t be displeased if his ministers can do the same.
- Apostolic righteousness can dwell in rags if necessary, but God does not require it.
- Liberal, cheerful freewill offerings to a bountiful support of the gospel is God’s way. Salaries, collections, and subscription papers are the world’s substitute.
- God’s ministers do not work for wages.
- Father’s flaming firebrands are not greedy of filthy lucre, but gold and greenbacks do not burden them any more than they do you, and sometimes come in play. Very few of the saint ministers are stockholders in a railroad or a national bank.
W. Milo Gleeten.
Dear Trumpet: I praise the Lord for what he is doing for me. He saves me just now from all sin, and keeps me reigning in this life, and heals all my sickness. He is my all, and I praise him for all things. Your sister saved, sanctified and kept,
Nancy I. Shaw.
Dear Saints: I am still saved, both soul and body. Praise his holy name! I am glad I have found the straight way that leads from earth to heaven. It means something to live for God alone. I am happy both day and night. Praise his name! I want you all to pray for my husband who is very low with dropsy. Pray that he may be saved before it is too late. Pray also for my unsaved children; some are in Catholicism and some in Campbelliteism. Pray that they may come into the one body. I am determined to stand true to God through all trials and persecutions. God says his grace is sufficient. I want you to pray also for my body. I have female weakness and other troubles. God is my physician. I have been healed, both soul and body. I haven’t taken one drop of medicine of any kind for over five years. Praise his name! Pray for me that I may be kept till the end by the power of God. Your saved sister in the one body,
A. E. Taylor.
Dear Brothers and Sisters: I will write my testimony for the glory of God. The dear Lord has been saving souls in this place. Also there was a sister sick for a year and over, who was healed, and now she can go to meeting and give God all the glory. There were others healed. Praise God for a full and free salvation that keeps free from sin! If any one feels led of the lord to come and be in our meeting, we live in Sandy Woods, near Benton, Mo. We would like to have some sister or brother to help us. We have some glorious meetings. We are free from all sectism, and take the Lord for the healing power, and for all things. If any one feels led to come, write us at Benton about a week beforehand. I desire all the saints to pray for my brother that he may be saved. From your sister in Christ,
Dear Trumpet Readers: I am still trusting in Jesus, and truly the Lord is teaching me precious lessons every day. Praise the Lord! In the last week I have seen the difference between truth and error more plainly than I ever did before. Truly, the time has come when we must choose whether we will be saint or sinner. I do think it would be to the glory of God for some of God’s true ministers to come here and hold meeting, as there are some good honest souls here that are living up to all the light they have, and others are fighting the truth whenever they hear it. Now, any one that feels led of the Lord to come here and preach, I would be glad to have you come, as I am alone in this place, although there are some of God’s children not far off. I would like to have a little band here so we could have prayer meeting. The sect called Christ Church has had a split- up, and I never saw such Babylon confusion before. I do praise God for what light he has given me. And now, dear ones, I want you all to pray that I may be sanctified wholly; and also for my girl and boy, that they may be saved. Your sister in the one body,
Walk With God.
“AND Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” — Gen. 5:24.
“Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” — Gen. 6:9. The Bible reader is struck with awe as he reads such texts as the above. How sublime must have been the experience of those faithful patriarchs! How strong their faith! How bright the evidence of their acceptance with God! But beloved, can you receive it, that is our privilege to enjoy a closer walk with God than any of those faithful saints, who lived in anti-Christian times? Paul in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews, after setting up the whole line of Old Testament saints, as examples of faith unto us, closes the chapter as follows: And these all, having obtained a good report through faith received not the promise: God having provided some better things for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.” You see that the Bible here promises us an experience, that excels, by far, the experience of the most spiritual of the Old Testament saints. But let us be sure that we take possession, by faith, of all the graces our loving God hath willed us in Christ Jesus.
To walk with God, it is necessary that we be agreed with him; for how “can two walk together, except they be agreed?’ — Amos 3:3.
An agreement between two parties, is a perfect acknowledgment of each other. Hence to be agreed with God we must in our heart acknowledge God in all the fulness of his word; and must have the witness of God’s approval upon us in our heart. If there are certain portions of the word of God, which, when we receive light upon, we are slow, or to some extent unwilling to measure up to, we are virtually disapproving, to some extent, of the word of God, and God disapproves of us. O beloved! is your agreement perfect with God? May it be said of you as it is said of Enoch when he walked with God upon the earth, — “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God?” — Heb. 11:5. Can you testify like Enoch, dear brethren? If not, your experience is not perfect before God.
To walk with God, it is also necessary that we have fellowship with him. “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” — 1 Jno. 1:3 Fellowship is from the Greek word KO..ONIA, which word literally signifies partnership. So to be in fellowship with God, means to be a partner with him. A partner is one who possesses the same things that another possesses.
Using the word partnership in the sense of fellowship, we might say, that we must be partners with the Lord in his holiness. “For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.” — Heb. 12:10.
Holiness is the only one of God’s fundamental attributes that he has bestowed upon men. It includes unity, meekness, humility, gentleness, love, peace, mercy and all other graces of salvation. A development of these various graces, after we have entered the experience of holiness, is what is meant by advancment.
To walk with God means also to live near enough to him to talk to him, and to hear and understand his voice when he speaks to us; obtaining thus a knowledge of his will from time to time, concerning our many Christian duties. See Eph. 5:17. Oh for a closer walk with God!